Im Zaubertal der Kröten

Every spring, a unique animal migration takes place at the Bavarian side of the Alps. More than ten thousand common toads embark on an adventurous journey, ready to take on anything to mate and reach their spawning ground. Their destination are three crystal-clear lakes in a seemingly idyllic valley between Ruhpolding and Reit im Winkl. For the female toads in particular, this journey is the greatest challenge of their lives.



Director: Angela Graas-Castor

was born 1971 in Oberhausen and studied communication sciences and ethnology. After attaining her degree, she attended the University of Television and Film, Munich (HFF München) as an extra-mural student in documentary film. Film writer and director since 1998. For ARD and ARTE she made various prize-winning documentaries and wildlife films, among them „Luchswege“ (about lynxes), „Terror im Reich der Orkas“ (about orcas), „Highway der Schmetterlinge“ (about butterflies) and the full-length documentary film „Jagdzeit“ (about anti-whaling activists).

43 Min.
Director: Angela Graas-Castor
Script: Angela Graas-Castor
Cinematography: Christoph Castor, Paul Hien
Editing: Nikola Hauswald
Music: Steffen Kaltschmid
Narrator: Anna Thalbach
Editor: Ulrike Lovett (Bayerischer Rundfunk)
Awards: Best Score 2022
Nominations: Best Score 2022